How to Clean Siding Without a Pressure Washer

On any given day, your home may come in contact with environmental elements that can cause discoloration and build up of dirt on its exterior surfaces. To freshen up the curb appeal of your home, you might consider calling a pressure washing service, or you can easily clean it yourself. With a little effort, your home will look brand new with these tips for cleaning siding without a pressure washer

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Five gallon bucket
  • Water hose
  • Tough bristle broom
  • Scrub brush
  • Wash cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray hose attachment
  • Ladder
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection

Cleaning solution ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon dish soap
  • 4 gallons water

Mix the ingredients together in the large bucket until suds are formed. Add more soap if needed.


First, make sure all doors and windows are properly shut and sealed to prevent water from entering into the house. Lay a tarp over any plants or landscaping you’d like to protect during this process. Using the tough bristle broom, brush off any large debris trapped on the siding, making sure to get into corners and under eaves and gutters. Dampen the bristle broom, scrub brush, and washcloth in the cleaning solution. Start by spraying the siding with water, then use the washcloth to apply the cleaning solution . Begin scrubbing off any stuck on dirt or mildew using the scrub brush or tough bristle broom, depending on location.  Allocate more time for areas that are especially dirty. After you have scrubbed off the dirt and mold, use the water hose with the spray attachment to remove the soap from the siding. Repeat as needed until the area is clean.